1914–15 FA Cup

1914–15 FA Cup
Country England
Champions Sheffield United
Runners-up Chelsea

The 1914–15 FA Cup was the 44th season of the world's oldest association football competition, the Football Association Challenge Cup (more usually known as the FA Cup), and the last to be held before the cancellation of all football competitions since due to World War I. Sheffield United won the competition for the third time, beating Chelsea 3–0 in the final at Old Trafford, Manchester.

Matches were scheduled to be played at the stadium of the team named first on the date specified for each round, which was always a Saturday. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played, a replay would take place at the stadium of the second-named team later the same week. If the replayed match was drawn further replays would be held at neutral venues until a winner was determined. If scores were level after 90 minutes had been played in a replay, a 30-minute period of extra time would be played.


The format of the FA Cup for the season had two preliminary rounds, six qualifying rounds, four proper rounds, and the semi finals and final.

Round Date
Extra Preliminary Round Saturday 12 September 1914
Preliminary Round Saturday 26 September 1914
First Round Qualifying Saturday 10 October 1914
Second Round Qualifying Saturday 24 October 1914
Third Round Qualifying Saturday 7 November 1914
Fourth Round Qualifying Saturday 21 November 1914
Fifth Round Qualifying Saturday 5 December 1914
Sixth Round Qualifying Saturday 19 December 1914
First Round Proper Saturday 9 January 1915
Second Round Proper Saturday 30 January 1915
Third Round Proper Saturday 20 February 1915
Fourth Round Proper Saturday 6 March 1915
Semi-Finals Saturday 27 March 1915
Final Saturday 24 April 1915

First round proper

36 of the 40 clubs from the First and Second divisions joined the 12 clubs who came through the qualifying rounds. Four sides, Lincoln City, Nottingham Forest, Leicester Fosse and Glossop were entered instead at the Sixth Qualifying Round. Of these, only Leicester went out at the qualifying stages, while the other three and nine non-league clubs won through.

Sixteen non-league sides were given byes to the First Round to bring the total number of teams up to 64. These were:

Queens Park Rangers
Crystal Palace
Swindon Town
Plymouth Argyle
Cardiff City
Norwich City
Exeter City
Northampton Town
Southend United
West Ham United
Brighton & Hove Albion

32 matches were scheduled to be played on Saturday, 9 January 1915. Six matches were drawn and went to replays in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham2–2Crystal Palace9 January 1915
ReplayBirmingham3–0Crystal Palace13 January 1915
2Blackpool1–2Sheffield United9 January 1915
3Darlington0–1Bradford City9 January 1915
4Bristol City2–0Cardiff City9 January 1915
5Burnley3–1Huddersfield Town9 January 1915
6Bury1–1Plymouth Argyle9 January 1915
ReplayPlymouth Argyle1–2Bury13 January 1915
7Liverpool3–0Stockport County9 January 1915
8Preston North End0–0Manchester City9 January 1915
ReplayManchester City3–0Preston North End13 January 1915
9Rochdale2–0Gillingham9 January 1915
10South Shields1–2Fulham9 January 1915
11Southampton3–0Luton Town9 January 1915
12Reading0–1Wolverhampton Wanderers9 January 1915
13Nottingham Forest1–4Norwich City9 January 1915
14Aston Villa2–0Exeter City9 January 1915
15The Wednesday1–0Manchester United9 January 1915
16Bolton Wanderers2–1Notts County9 January 1915
17Grimsby Town0–3Northampton Town9 January 1915
18Middlesbrough9–3Goole Town9 January 1915
19Derby County1–2Leeds City9 January 1915
20Everton3–0Barnsley9 January 1915
21Tottenham Hotspur2–1Sunderland9 January 1915
22Queens Park Rangers2–1Glossop9 January 1915
23Bristol Rovers0–0Southend United16 January 1915
ReplaySouthend United3–0Bristol Rovers23 January 1915
24West Ham United2–2Newcastle United9 January 1915
ReplayNewcastle United3–2West Ham United13 January 1915
25Brighton & Hove Albion2–1Lincoln City9 January 1915
26Millwall2–1Clapton Orient9 January 1915
27Hull City1–0West Bromwich Albion9 January 1915
28Chelsea1–1Swindon Town9 January 1915
ReplayChelsea5–2Swindon Town13 January 1915
29Croydon Common0–3Oldham Athletic9 January 1915
30Bradford Park Avenue1–0Portsmouth9 January 1915
31Swansea Town1–0Blackburn Rovers9 January 1915
32Arsenal3–0Merthyr Town9 January 1915

Second Round Proper

The 16 Second Round matches were played on Saturday, 30 January 1915. Three matches were drawn, with the replays taking place in the following weekend fixture. One of these was again drawn, and a second replay was played, again at the following Saturday.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Burnley6–0Southend United30 January 1915
2Bury0–1Bradford Park Avenue30 January 1915
3The Wednesday2–0Wolverhampton Wanderers30 January 1915
4Bolton Wanderers0–0Millwall30 January 1915
ReplayMillwall2–2Bolton Wanderers6 February 1915
ReplayBolton Wanderers4–1Millwall13 February 1915
5Everton4–0Bristol City30 January 1915
6Sheffield United1–0Liverpool30 January 1915
7Newcastle United1–1Swansea Town30 January 1915
ReplaySwansea Town0–2Newcastle United6 February 1915
8Manchester City1–0Aston Villa30 January 1915
9Queens Park Rangers1–0Leeds City30 January 1915
10Fulham2–3Southampton30 January 1915
11Brighton & Hove Albion0–0Birmingham30 January 1915
ReplayBirmingham3–0Brighton & Hove Albion6 February 1915
12Norwich City3–2Tottenham Hotspur30 January 1915
13Bradford City1–0Middlesbrough30 January 1915
14Hull City2–1Northampton Town30 January 1915
15Oldham Athletic3–0Rochdale30 January 1915
16Chelsea1–0Arsenal30 January 1915

Third round proper

The eight Third Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 20 February 1915. There were two replays, played the following week, of which one went to a second replay in the following midweek fixture.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Birmingham2–3Oldham Athletic20 February 1915
2Southampton2–2Hull City20 February 1915
ReplayHull City4–0Southampton27 February 1915
3The Wednesday1–2Newcastle United20 February 1915
4Bolton Wanderers2–1Burnley20 February 1915
5Sheffield United1–0Bradford Park Avenue20 February 1915
6Manchester City0–1Chelsea20 February 1915
7Queens Park Rangers1–2Everton20 February 1915
8Bradford City1–1Norwich City20 February 1915
ReplayNorwich City0–0Bradford City27 February 1915
ReplayBradford City2–0Norwich City3 March 1915

Fourth round proper

The four Fourth Round matches were scheduled for Saturday, 6 March 1915. There were two replays, played a week later.

Tie no Home team Score Away team Date
1Bolton Wanderers4–2Hull City6 March 1915
2Bradford City0–2Everton6 March 1915
3Oldham Athletic0–0Sheffield United6 March 1915
ReplaySheffield United3–0Oldham Athletic13 March 1915
4Chelsea1–1Newcastle United6 March 1915
ReplayNewcastle United0–1Chelsea13 March 1915


The semi-final matches were played on Saturday, 27 March 1915. Sheffield United and Chelsea won and went on to meet in the final.

27 March 1915
Chelsea 2–0 Everton


Main article: 1915 FA Cup Final

The final took place on 24 April 1915 and was contested by Sheffield United and Chelsea. It was the last FA Cup final to be staged before competitive football was abandoned in Britain because of the First World War. The match was moved from its pre-war location of Crystal Palace in south London to Old Trafford in Manchester to avoid disruption to travel in and around London.

Match details

24 April 1915
15:00 BST
Sheffield United 3 – 0 Chelsea
Simmons  36'
Fazackerley  84'
Kitchen  88'
Old Trafford, Manchester
Attendance: 49,557
Referee: H. H. Taylor
Sheffield United

See also


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